Emily (skycornerless) wrote in linguaphiles,
Emily
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As I was walking home tonight, I was talking with my brother about his recent experience in Times Square wherein, most unfortunately, he got scammed out of a wad of money. My reaction: "Ay yi yi!" (Amongst other words of distress and sympathy, of course.)

I got off the phone, and started wondering about 'ay yi yi' (or, if you're really ferklempt*, 'ay yi yi yi yi yi yi!'). How widespread is its usage? Does it go beyond Yiddish & English? Do other languages have equivalents? (Maybe 'oh la la (la la la)' for French?)

For these answers, I turn to you. Thanks in advance!

[*I used this mostly because I didn't want to clog up the sentence with exasperated/frustrated/annoyed/distressed, etc. Although I grew up in the Borscht Belt of New York, it's not really a word I use regularly! It just seemed appropriate.]
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